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Union resolutions | December 7, 2011 >>

The UFT resolves to urge the DOE to require that all ATRs be given an opportunity for permanent placement in vacancies in their license areas in their district or high school superintendency before the DOE approves any new hire in a license area where an ATR has not been given an opportunity for permanent placement.

News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined a host of community and civil rights leaders on the City Hall steps on Nov. 8 — Election Day — to launch the “Stand for Freedom” national voting rights campaign.

News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

After several months of working without pay, a group of UFT family child care providers in the Bronx are preparing to sue their former network, Hunts Point Multiservice. The 10 providers, who were not paid for four months of work are filing a class action lawsuit against the South Bronx network on behalf of themselves and 35 of their former colleagues who have not been paid.

News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

Preliminary class size figures, released by the city Department of Education on Nov. 15, show class sizes increased in all grades and core subjects again this year as budget cuts continued to slam the city’s schools.

News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew opened the Nov. 9 Delegate Assembly with some good news: in Ohio the previous day, voters turned back by a 61-39 percent margin an attempt to prevent public-sector workers from being able to bargain collectively. He noted that 25 UFT retirees and staffers had been on the ground in Ohio, knocking on doors and making phone calls to talk about the issue and get out the vote.

News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

The UFT will go directly to the state’s highest court in an effort to prevent the public release of the city Department of Education’s Teacher Data Reports, a move made necessary when the union’s efforts to keep the widely discredited reports private were not successful before the lower courts.

News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

Republican lawmakers in 23 states have passed, tried to pass or are attempting to pass laws toughening voter registration and voting requirements [see map, below] in what critics call the most concerted effort to roll back voting rights in decades.

Retired teachers chapter news | November 24, 2011 >>

We did it in Ohio! Voters there on Nov. 8 decisively rejected anti-union Senate Bill 5. All the RTC Ohio volunteers and the entire labor movement are celebrating this astounding victory for workers’ rights. When UFT President Michael Mulgrew turned to us for help in Ohio, the RTC came through with 15 more in-service and retiree volunteers for a final weekend surge in addition to the 10 who were there already.

News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

School secretaries throughout the city are feeling overworked and under pressure as their ranks have thinned as secretaries leave and retire and are not replaced, according to UFT representatives. The number of school secretaries has dropped nearly 15 percent between October 2008, when there were 3,537, and this October, when there were only 3,047.

National education and labor news | November 24, 2011 >>

In a victory being hailed by labor unions across the country, Ohio voters on Nov. 8 roundly rejected a controversial measure that would have rescinded the collective-bargaining and other labor rights of the state’s more than 360,000 public employees.

New teacher articles | November 10, 2011 >>

Do you expect to be up for tenure? If so, become familiar with the Department of Education’s new Tenure Decision-making Framework. The new framework, which was introduced in the 2010-2011 school year, guides principals in making tenure decisions. There are important changes to be aware of.

News stories | November 10, 2011 >>

School nurses represented by the UFT won a big victory when the Department of Education was forced to rescind the dress code that it unilaterally imposed in September 2010. The Public Employment Relations Board settlement agreement that the DOE and the UFT signed on Oct. 28 requires the DOE to issue a memo announcing the code’s withdrawal.

Union resolutions | November 9, 2011 >>

The UFT resolves to direct its chapters and Chapter Leaders to reach out to members of the Absent Teacher Reserve who are assigned to their schools, to welcome them, and to support them; the UFT has always and will always stand for the dignity of all UFT members.

News stories | October 13, 2011 >>

Just over a week after President Barack Obama unveiled his American Jobs Act in a nationally televised address to Congress on Sept. 8, UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined city and national political leaders for a Sept. 16 City Hall press conference in support of immediate passage of the bill.

Feature stories | October 13, 2011 >>

The new school year may have just begun, but the Department of Education is already up to its old tricks. Take, for example, the job fairs the DOE hosted on Sept. 13 and 20. While Tweed required teachers in the Absent Teacher Reserve pool to attend these fairs, it did not require principals from schools with vacant positions to attend.

Editorials | October 13, 2011 >>

When it comes to contractual mandates on class size, the New York City Department of Education seems determined to try to get around the rules. A recent UFT survey showed about 7,000 oversize classes reported in city public schools as of Sept. 15, representing the worst violation of contractual class-size limits at that point in the school year in a decade.

News stories | October 13, 2011 >>

A UFT survey indicates that by mid-September there were approximately 7,000 oversize classes in city public schools, a situation UFT President Michael Mulgrew termed “horrendous.” Based on school registers for the sixth day of school, the latest figures top last year’s by nearly 1,000 and are the highest in a decade.

Testimony | September 23, 2011 >>

Sterling Roberson, the UFT vice president for career and technical education, testified before the City Council Committee.

News | September 23, 2011 >>

A UFT survey indicates that by mid-September there were approximately 7,000 oversize classes in city public schools, a situation UFT President Michael Mulgrew termed “horrendous.” Based on school registers for the sixth day of school, the latest figures top last year’s by nearly 1,000 and are the highest in a decade.

News stories | September 22, 2011 >>

The UFT in August won an important grievance filed on behalf of guidance counselors at a Queens middle school who were forced by their principal to cover for the teacher assigned to their school’s SAVE room, instead of meeting with students that they were supposed to be counseling.

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